Trade Names

Of the woods traded under the name, "mahogany," only those belonging to the genus Swietenia are true mahoganies (sometimes sold as "genuine," "New World" or "American" mahogany). Of true mahoganies, only biglcaf mahogany (S macropbyUd) is still widely available commercially. It is often denominated by its country of origin (Brazilian mahogany. Peruvian, etc.). The common trade name, "Honduras mahogany," is inaccurate—overharvesting has greatly depleted that country's supply. The finest mahogany, Santo Domingan (.V. mabogani, also called "Cuban" or "Spanish" mahogany), has also been overharvcsted and is no longer generally available except as windfalls after hurricanes. Though similar in color, "African mahogany" {Kbaya spp.) and "Philippine mahogany" or "lauan" (Sborea spp.) arc not true mahoganies.

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